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Games attract big money in sponsorships

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China has become a rising sports sponsorship market, thanks to the hosting of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the current Guangzhou Asian Games, said Gyehyun Kwon, vice-president of Samsung Electronics.

Companies have developed more interest in supporting popular sporting events with the view that these events are golden opportunities to build corporate branding, he said in an interview with China Daily on Monday.

As of the opening of the Asian games in Guangzhou on Friday, 53 companies have signed sponsorships with the games' organizing committee, according to Fang Da'er, director of the committee's marketing department.

The sponsorship value surpassed 3 billion yuan ($452 million), five times more than the 2006 Doha Asiad.

The Guangzhou Asian Games has also helped create many business opportunities for international and local companies, with 103 billion yuan in output value generated for the host city, according to research conducted by the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences.

Kwon, who is also sports marketing director of Samsung, said the global sports sponsorship market increases by 5 percent each year. "In contrast, the traditional advertising of companies is decreasing," he said.

Samsung, which conducts annual research on the development of sports marketing, revealed that the global sports marketing is valued at $45 billion, of which 8 percent belongs to sponsorship, Kwon said.

"Especially in China, sports marketing is huge and it is growing rapidly as sporting events are comprehensive platforms to expand market channels and boost corporate branding," he said.

Samsung has made significant contributions to Olympic sporting events, with the Guangzhou Asiad becoming the company's sixth consecutive sponsorship in the Asian Games history.

The company first began its support of the Asian Games as a local sponsor during the 10th Asian Games held in Seoul in 1986.

Samsung signed an agreement with the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee in 2008, becoming a prestige partner of the 16th Asiad.

Kwon believes that more Chinese companies will participate in sports marketing in the near future as the Guangzhou Asian Games has attracted many local brands in sponsorship.


1. How many companies have signed sponsorship for the Guangzhou Asian Games?

2. According to the Guangzhou academy of social sciences, what was the output value generated for the city by the Asian Games?

3. What percentage of the $45 billion global sports marketing value does sponsorship consist of?


1. 53.

2. 103 billion yuan.

3. 8 percent.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Games attract big money in sponsorships

Games attract big money in sponsorships

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for the China Daily for one year.